What Must I Do?
A Call to Conversion
The message of Fatima is first and foremost a call to conversion. Beginning with the apparitions of the angel in 1916, this call to stop offending God and avoid sin is prevalent throughout the messages the three shepherd children received. The angel taught them two prayers that supplicate to an offended God for the pardon and conversion of poor sinners. In her apparitions, Our Lady declared that “Men must not offend Our Lord any more for he is already too much offended” and in her maternal concern, she warns us of the eternal and temporal consequences of a persistent life of sin and a lack of repentance. Specifically, during the July 13, 1917 apparition, she showed the shepherd children the vision of hell where poor sinners go and stated that war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father would occur if man does not cease offending God. Also, in response to requests for physical healings during the October 13,1917 apparition, Our Lady told Sister Lucia that some would not be healed because first they must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins”, which reminds us that conversion and the state of one’s soul take precedence over any temporal well-being.
Penance and Reparation
The Daily Rosary
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Five First Saturdays Devotion
“See, my daughter, My Heart surrounded with thorns with which ingrates pierce me at every moment with blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, make sure to console me and announce that all those who for five months, on the First Saturdays, go to confession, receive Communion, say five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the purpose of making reparation to Me, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”
The five first Saturdays correspond to the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They are:
- Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception.
- Blasphemies against her virginity.
- Blasphemies against her divine maternity, at the same time the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all men.
- Instilling, indifference, scorn and even hatred towards this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children.
- Direct insults against her sacred images.
In subsequent private revelations, Our Lord told Sister Lucia that the Five Saturdays devotion should be done with fervor and in a spirit of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lord also told her that one may go to confession within eight days of the First Saturdays or on other days to fulfill the conditions of the devotion, so long as one receives Our Lord worthily and has the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Even if one forgets to make the intention, it may be done on the next confession, taking advantage of the first occasion to go to confession. Also, if it not possible to meet other conditions of the devotion on the First Saturday, such as receiving Holy Communion, one may do so on the Sunday following the First Saturday. Sister Lucia also clarified that it is not necessary to meditate on ALL the mysteries of the Rosary on each of the First Saturdays. One or several suffice.